When Government Fears the People, There is Liberty

When the craftsman sets out to learn his trade, for example, woodworking, he spends a great deal of time learning about his craft. He must learn not only the tools to use, but also the proper types of wood to work with. He must be totally versed in all aspects of woodworking if he want to be considered a master of his trade. This is true of any field of endeavor, except for one, our Public officials. For some reason many of our politicians feel that they will gain more popularity by pushing more laws through. They do this without any consideration to the constitutional requirements of the laws they propose. And some people working in our government enforcing those laws feel that they are above them. Full Article

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I agree with this, but want to differ in that the government is fearing the people, the 70% who vote for Jessica’s law and the like. What they don’t fear is compromising the Bill of Rights and the chaos that compromising is creating in individuals lives. Even the Supreme Court seems to fear this popular hysteria. We don’t need fear we need good judgment.

This paper describes envolving interpretations of the Eighth Amendment and how the high court of the land is diverging from the original meaning of “cruel and unusual.” Worth a read.

These quotes show the foresight of Thomas Jefferson. Where are the great men now?

“When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

The government fears the people… that isn’t going to happen anytime soon… Oh we suppress felons, lets guarantee that they become a sub citizen and worthless .. no voting…. no jobs… no firearms… end of story…. Why should the government fear sex offenders? … no place to live, no jobs, everyone watching them, no privacy, no firearms….
The government can turn any group of citizens into a sub class by simply saying they are a threat to other citizens…

Love your country, fear the government. Short of a 1700’s style revolution I don’t see things getting better for anyone (outside of Washington D.C. and Chicago) let alone registered citizens. I’m not a pessimist, just an optimist with reality…